Kim Dotcom Offers $5m Whistleblower Bounty
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is offering a $5m (£3m) reward to anyone who can prove "wrongdoing and corruption" in the US' piracy case against him.
The German national had his website shut down in January 2012 and has long claimed that US authorities illegally targeted him on behalf of Hollywood studios.
He tweeted: "My case is unfair. I was declined discovery, I didn't get my own data back, I need whistleblowers I am offering USD $5M."
He told the TorrentFreak website that any whistleblower would be given free legal representation by him.
"We are asking for information that proves unlawful or corrupt conduct by the US government, the New Zealand government, spy agencies, law enforcement and Hollywood," he said.
"It is the opinion of my legal team that disclosure of such information would be lawful. I would also guarantee any whistleblower coming forward would have the best legal representation at zero cost."
Dotcom is currently resisting extradition from New Zealand and a hearing will take place on July 7.
If Dotcom and his three co-accused are sent to the US they face up to 20 years in jail on racketeering, money laundering and copyright theft.
Megaupload made more than $175m (£104m) in criminal proceeds, the US justice department says.
Dotcom has previously claimed the only reason the US government came after him was to ensure Hollywood support for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.